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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Are Small Wineries Doomed?

What the sale of Siduri says about the state of California wine

Posted: February 5, 2015  By Mitch Frank

Last week, Adam and Dianna Lee signed a deal selling Siduri, which produces 20,000 cases of California Pinot Noir a year, and Novy, a 5,000-case brand, to Jackson Family Wines—which owns more than two dozen wineries. Neither side will talk price, but based on other recent deals, we're talking tens of millions of dollars.

Some days, it feels like there are no small wineries left in California. Of course that's not true, but I'm often editing news of a larger wine company swallowing a smaller one.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Praying for Rain in California

With a storm in the forecast, can wine country catch up from the driest January on record?

Posted: February 4, 2015  By Tim Fish

Wait a minute. What's that clear, soggy stuff falling from the sky?

Winemakers and grapegrowers might ask that question on Thursday when the first major rainstorm since Christmas is expected to hit Northern California.

News & Features  :  News

Basketball's Tim Duncan Suing Terroir Founder Charles Banks

NBA star alleges he was misled on winery fund and other investments; Banks denies all claims

Posted: February 2, 2015  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Impressive California Chardonnays

New reviews from Sonoma’s outstanding 2012 vintage

Posted: February 2, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Kendall-Jackson Owners Buy California Pinot Powerhouse Siduri

Adam Lee will continue as winemaker; Jackson Family Wines sees potential in single-vineyard Pinot Noir

Posted: January 29, 2015  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Hit-and-Miss Vertical Tasting of Groth Cabernet Reserve

The best of 19 vintages of Napa Cabernet show the inconsistencies of weaker years

Posted: January 29, 2015  By James Laube

WineSpectator.com members: Read James Laube's scores and tasting notes for 19 vintages of Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

A House of Zinfandel Reborn

Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro revitalize Sonoma’s Limerick Lane

Posted: January 28, 2015  By Tim Fish

When Jake and Scot Bilbro took over Limerick Lane winery and vineyard in 2011, it seemed an ideal match. The estate has a rich history of producing outstanding Zinfandel, and the brothers Bilbro grew up in the Sonoma County wine business with their dad, Chris Bilbro, at Marietta Cellars.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Impressive Napa Cabernets

New reviews of California Cabernet Sauvignons from the 2012 vintage

Posted: January 26, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Napa Police Recover Rare Wine Stolen from the French Laundry

Sheriff reports much of $300,000 in vinous loot found in North Carolina; no arrests as investigation continues

Posted: January 23, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News

Sonoma Wine Industry Makes Big Strides in Sustainability

Growers look to next 100 years following productive first year of ambitious certification program

Posted: January 16, 2015  By Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

A Wish List for 2015

No one can predict the future, but here are my anticipated highlights of the year ahead

Posted: January 14, 2015  By Tim Fish

Here are a few of the things I'm looking forward to in 2015, including eating more foie gras and drinking more Merlot and Zindandel.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Hot California Wines for $32 or Less

New reviews of affordable whites and reds to fit any occasion

Posted: January 12, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Federal Judge Blocks California’s Ban on Foie Gras

Ruling makes foie gras legal to sell in California; animal-rights groups hope to appeal

Posted: January 8, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Russell Bevan Purchases Saunders Vineyard in Napa Valley

Bevan Cellars also hopes to move into winery in development nearby

Posted: January 8, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News

Napa Vintner and Preservationist Volker Eisele Dies at 77

A grapegrower and winemaker, Eisele was a devoted advocate for protecting Napa farmland

Posted: January 7, 2015  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  News

Sonoma Wine Pioneer John Pedroncelli Dies at 89

Winemaker for the Pedroncelli family guided his Dry Creek Valley winery through 66 vintages

Posted: January 6, 2015  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Top Zinfandels from 2012

New reviews of California Zinfandels for winter drinking

Posted: January 5, 2015  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Investment Group Buys Majority Ownership of Kosta Browne

Boston equity firm J.W. Childs Associates buys control of famed California Pinot Noir producer; founders remain co-owners

Posted: January 5, 2015  By James Laube

Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Paso Robles Defines New Terroirs

Posted: December 31, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News & Features

Top Editors' Blog Posts of 2014

From politics to screw caps to fitness, our editors had plenty of opinions about wine in 2014; these were their most popular posts

Posted: December 30, 2014  

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